Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Brett Favre's Retiring Makes No Sense

After flirting with retirement for years, Brett Favre means it this time. The Green Bay Packers quarterback quit Tuesday after a 17-season career in which he dazzled fans with his grit, heart and rocket of an arm.

"I know I can still play, but it's like I told my wife, I'm just tired mentally. I'm just tired," Favre, a three-time NFL MVP, said. If I felt like coming back -- and Deanna [his wife] and I talked about this -- the only way for me to be successful would be to win a Super Bowl. To go to the Super Bowl and lose, would almost be worse than anything else. Anything less than a Super Bowl win would be unsuccessful. I know it shouldn't feel unsuccessful, but the only way to come back and make that be the right decision would be to come back and win a Super Bowl. And honestly, the odds of that, they're tough. Those are big shoes for me to fill, and I guess it was a challenge I wasn't up for."

Favre, 38, had made his annual flirtation with retirement a winter tradition in Wisconsin. He has taken weeks and even months to make his decision after recent seasons, with Cheeseheads hanging on his every word.

But unlike the final game of the 2006 season -- when Favre provided a cliffhanger by getting choked up in a television interview as he walked off the field in Chicago, only to return once again -- nearly everyone assumed he would be back.

A sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer, Favre put the Packers back among the NFL's elite. He retires with 5,377 career completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions, passing Dan Marino's touchdown mark last season.

Brett Farve is unpredictable to say the least. His retiring at this time makes no sense. He originally wanted to retire because he couldn't stand having losing seasons and a horrible team around him. Now, that makes sense. What doesn't make sense is now that he has a great team around him and is coming off probably one of his best seasons, he chooses to retire now.....and to show further genius in Favre's logic, just last week Favre was saying how he'd like to play with Randy Moss and now a week later he retires.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The final straw in Favre's retirement was the 3 year/$27 million to Randy Moss to stay with New England. Favre pushed equally as hard to get Moss this year as he did last year, but Moss stayed with the Pats.

Favre's retirement does make sense. He's still on top of his game, and he never had anything left to prove. Canton already left a spot open for him.